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        1.    Steven Clancy, Corpus Methods in Linguistics and Language Pedagogy

Message 1: Corpus Methods in Linguistics and Language Pedagogy
Date: 18-Jan-2008
From: Steven Clancy <sclancyuchicago.edu>
Subject: Corpus Methods in Linguistics and Language Pedagogy
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Corpus Methods in Linguistics and Language Pedagogy
Short Title: CMLLP-2008

Date: 26-Mar-2008 - 30-Mar-2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Contact: Steven Clancy
Contact Email: sclancyuchicago.edu
Meeting URL: http://languages.uchicago.edu/corpuslinguistics/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

A conference and masterclass in corpus methods for theoretical linguistics and
language teaching. One day introduction to corpus linguistics (Dagmar Divjak,
Steven Clancy). One day conference with plenary lectures (John Goldsmith, Terry
Regier). Two day hands-on workshop on corpus linguistics and statistics in R
(Stefan Th. Gries). 1 day conference on research interests of participants.

Corpus Methods in Linguistics and Language Pedagogy

Wednesday-Sunday, March 26-30, 2008, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois USA

Website: http://languages.uchicago.edu/corpuslinguistics

Extended Application/Registration Deadline: February 7, 2008

PDF flier available for download here:

Application available for download here:


-Corpus linguistics: collection, annotation, statistical analysis and
-Interpretation of corpus data; assembling your own corpora, the web as corpus
visualization techniques
-Use of corpora in language teaching and the development of pedagogical materials
-Focus on corpora for less commonly taught/studied/spoken languages
-Cognitive/functional approaches to language


Corpus Linguistics: an introduction to the field and the possibilities (optional
introductory day), Divjak and Clancy (unlimited audience)
Conference: plenary lectures and case studies by invited speakers and some
(advanced) participants; poster session for (beginner/intermediate)
participants (unlimited audience)
Masterclass: R for corpus linguistics, Gries (registration limited to 25)
Masterclass: Statistics for linguists using R, Gries (registration limited to 25)
Presentation of participants' research projects (limited to masterclass

Presenters (partial listing)

Stefan Th. Gries, University of California, Santa Barbara (on corpus linguistics
and statistics with R)
John Goldsmith, University of Chicago (on probabilistic methods, a new
empiricism in linguistics, and computational linguistics)
Terry Regier, University of Chicago (on the poverty of the stimulus and the
psychology of language)
Dagmar Divjak, University of Sheffield (on cognitive linguistics and corpus
linguistics applied to Slavic data)
Steven Clancy, University of Chicago (on multidimensional scaling (MDS) in
Peri Bhaskararao, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and
Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (on spoken language corpora for
South Asian languages)
Arno Bosse, University of Chicago (on visualization techniques in the humanities)
Nadine Di Vito and Claude Grangier, University of Chicago (on how Romance
language pedagogy benefits from corpus data)


Gries, Stefan Th. 2008. Quantitative corpus linguistics with R: a practical
introduction. New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. The R program is
freely available for multiple platforms (http://www.r-project.org/).

Data/Problem Sets

Materials, scripts, and exercises will be based on data extracted from corpora
for less commonly taught/studied/spoken languages. Participants should bring at
least one of their own problems, data sets, etc. to work on during the
masterclass and present on Sunday.

Masterclass Computers

The CSL will provide Macintosh laptop computers running both Mac and Windows
operating systems for use by participants during the masterclass; the center has
wifi internet access throughout. Participants are encouraged to bring their own
laptops if available.


A limited number of fellowships will be available to qualified graduate student
participants on a competitive basis and may include a waiver of the masterclass
registration fees and/or assistance with travel and lodging expenses.

Further Information

Please contact Steven Clancy uchicago.edu> if you have any questions or
would like to receive further information about this conference and masterclass.
A PDF flier is available for download here and the application/registration form
is available for download here.

Application/Registration Information

Extended Application/Registration Deadline: February 7, 2008

Questions? Contact Steven Clancy uchicago.edu>

Participation in the introductory and conference sessions (Wed-Thurs) is not
limited, but due to the interactive, hands-on nature of the masterclass sessions
on Fri-Sun, the number of participants is limited to 25. Those registering for
the Wed-Thurs sessions need only submit the completed registration form and
fees. Those interested in the full masterclass should submit the
registration/application form (download here) and a cover letter describing how
the masterclass methods and topics will impact their teaching, research, and
career goals. The masterclass is intended to advance the methodological state of
the art in the discipline of corpus linguistics and to educate a group of
researchers most likely to benefit from applying corpus methods in their ongoing
and future research and preparation of materials for language pedagogy.

Graduate student applicants should also submit one letter of recommendation from
a faculty member familiar with their academic work and research interests.

Applications will be reviewed by the masterclass organizing committee and
participants will be notified of acceptance by February 15, 2008.

Conference/Masterclass registration fees are available on the website.

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